May 082013

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Sydney Film Festival has unveiled its 60th programme, with 190 films from 55 countries playing. The films include 19 world premieres, 5 international premieres, and 122 Australian premieres!

For the first time ever SFF screens films from Angola (Death Metal Angola, screening in our Sounds on Screen program); Bangladesh (Television,directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and awarded a Muhr AsiaAfrica special mention at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival); North Korea(Comrade Kim Goes Flying); Malawi (William and the Windmill) winner of the Grand Jury Award for Documentary at SXSW; and Saudi Arabia (Wadjda directed by Saudi Arabia’s first-ever female film-maker).

The competition films are a fantastic mix of 12 films from different genres and styles of film-makers. Only God Forgives from Dannish director Nicolas Winding-Refn; documentary Stories We Tell from Canadian film-maker Sarah Polley; and 2013 Berlinale Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose are only three of the films in the official competition.

For now we’re just going to leave you with a link to the programme so you can take a look and discover the awesomeness yourself. Check back on the site soon as we’ll have an in-depth look at the films screening; and a look at the Festival Hub, which looks like the place to be this festival.
The full programme can be viewed here.
By Sam McCosh